David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Thank You for Joining Us at the Scientific Summit

Scientists, clinicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, and policy advocates gathered in Anaheim to dig deeper into Understanding the Mechanisms of Pain. Thank you to Tonya Palermo, PhD, and the APS Scientific Program Committee for curating content that caters to our multidisciplinary audience. The Scientific Summit format allowed for more collaboration in an intimate setting. Attendees were able to choose their own adventure with six plenary sessions, 12 symposia, nearly 300 poster presentations, 15 SIG meetings, and educational programing in the Solutions Theater and Experience Exchange.

Early Career Forum

One hundred twenty eager predoctoral students, postdoctoral trainees, and early career faculty took part in this year’s Early Career Forum. Attendees met with senior mentors in the field and participated in sessions focused on academic career development. Following the forum, early career attendees gathered at the Early Career Reception to connect with their peers and APS leaders.

Early Morning Stretch

Putting research into practice, this year attendees were invited to practice yoga during the early morning hours before educational programming began. APS CEO Susan Farrell Stock, MPS, led the group in the hatha-based practice.

Basic Science Dinner

The Basic Science SIG welcomed Joe Palca, science correspondent, National Public Radio; Theodore Price, PhD, associate professor, UT Dallas; and Stephani Sutherland, PhD, neuroscience writer for Pain Research Forum, Scientific American, and Scientific American Mind. Panelists spoke to a packed room on the topic of Scientific Communication: Thinking Outside of the Peer Review Box. Thank you to the Basic Science SIG co-chairs Jennifer DeBerry, PhD, and E. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, MD PhD, for facilitating the lively discussion.

Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz

Drs. DeBerry and Romero-Sandoval also moderated this year’s Data Blitz, which saw eight rapid-format presentations from a talented group of clinical and basic science researchers. Each year abstracts are submitted and selected for the Blitz and winners are selected by the moderators. Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

Aleisha Khan, National Institutes of Health
Genetic and Physiological Dissection of Central Amygdala Neurons Reveals Pain-ON and Pain-OFF Cells in Mouse Models of Persistent Pain

Myriam Paquet, University of Montreal
7-Year Longitudinal Trajectories of Pain in Women with Vulvodynia: Contributions of Treatment, Pain Characteristics, and Psychosocial Factors

Women in Leadership Panel

The Solutions Theater was filled to the brim with attendees eager to hear five panelists discuss leadership skills and opportunities for women in the pain field. This popular session may be the beginning of a new focus for APS. Stay tuned.


APS attendees took to Twitter to continue the conversation online. Thanks to the 2018 Social Media Ambassadors for sharing content about the meeting and Summit experience.

By the Numbers:
1.777 million impressions
821 tweets
311 participants

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Thank You!

The Scientific Summit would not have been a success without the dedication of our volunteers. Thank you to the Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Tonya Palermo, PhD, for selecting this year’s programming. An additional thank you goes to members of the Early Career Advisory Group and the Early Career Forum chairs and faculty members who donated their time and expertise to speak at this year’s meeting. More than ever before, we relied on our volunteers and SIG chairs to build and foster connections among attendees. We look forward to the future of the APS annual meeting and working together to reduce pain-related suffering.

See you next year in Milwaukee, WI, April 3–6, 2019 for the APS Scientific Meeting.

Summit Evaluations

Obtain Your 2018 Scientific Summit Continuing Education Credit

Evaluations for the 2018 Scientific Summit are now available. Certificates of continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and dentists, as well as general certificates will be issued upon completion of the online meeting evaluation form.

Access Evaluations

2018 Scientific Summit Recording

The online recording is a valuable reference compiling up to 26.5 hours of synchronized audio recordings and slides of educational sessions, SIG meetings, and presentations by award recipients at the 2018 Scientific Summit and will be available for streaming.

Summit attendees will receive complimentary access to the recordings, which will be available in the My Classroom section of your APS profile. Members who were unable to attend the Summit will be able to purchase the complete set of recordings for $75.